I had never heard of cryonics until a friend brought it up yesterday and I was immediately interested in finding out more. Basically, "Cryonics is the preservation of legally dead humans or pets at very low temperature (below ???200??F, ???130??C ??? cryogenic temperatures) in the hope that future technology can restore them to life, youth and health." (from cryonics.org)
As of now, I probably would not do it. That website also says that "the repair capabilities of molecular biology and nanotechnology increasingly point to a future technology that can repair damage due to aging, disease and freezing." It doesn't sound too promising. Yes, if the technology of something like this can perfected and points to a future of certainty, then the things we can learn from preserving old bodies would be extremely beneficial.
But for now--just for fun--do you find cryonics to be impressive and ground-breaking? Or dangerous and pointless? And would you volunteer (okay you're not really "volunteering"--it costs something like $28,000)?
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on July 06, 2012
at 08:26 AM
The aim of paleo is to extend health and lifespan by engaging in dietary and lifestyle practices that our genomes evolved to.
The aim of cryonics is to suspend the process of molecular disintegration (i.e. decay) that follows the legal definition of death (i.e. cessation of heart function) with a view of reanimating when the damage that caused death can be repaired.
Our genomes are designed to age and to make way for the next generation in order for the process of evolution to continue.
Therefore, from a paleo purist perspective - to obey the genome - cryonics is not paleo.
This raises the question about how the possibility of genetic modification, stem cell-based treatments and other cutting edge technologies to enhance healthspan and lifespan would be viewed in terms of paleo.
on June 21, 2012
at 10:35 PM
As a big paleo enthusiastic and a someone who has had cryonics arrangements in place for 26 years, I think I have an answer to how it's related to paleo: http://www.alcor.org/magazine/2011/03/07/the-cryo-paleo-solution/
Paleo is a very promising way to avoid dying early of neolithic-lifestyle-induced disease, but eventually you're going to need to be cryopreserved. Assuming that we haven't fully understood and controlled the aging process by then (and assuming that you expect to continue enjoy living). --Max More
on July 05, 2012
at 11:46 PM
I'm a member of cryonics provider Alcor.
I've signed up with Alcor for the same reason I do Paleo, I prefer life to death.
on June 21, 2012
at 01:47 AM
if i had 28,000 bones laying around i might. i don't really see why not. if im dead i don't think i'd care. that is until i woke up in 2214. that'd be pretty trippy.